Well, I didn't see that coming. The second annual Festival Of Voice, which bills itself as "Cardiff's international arts festival", will see Patti Smith performing her Words And Music show about five minutes' walk from my house, at St John's Church in Canton. Wonder if she'll pop into the Corporation for a swift loosener or two beforehand?
Smith will also be playing a musical show at the Millennium Centre down at the Bay, as will Gruff Rhys, in collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Meanwhile, the festival will kick off with Billy Bragg and support act Nadine Shah, who thoroughly deserves the opportunity to reach a wider audience in light of her terrific show at the Globe back in October.